Mental health

My journey with depression and how I mind my mental health

March 16, 2016
depression mental health

A few weeks ago, I started a YouTube channel. I’m hoping it’ll end up being a fun, chatty place where I’ll share a whole array of things, from fashion to beauty, my everyday working life, fun with my dog and more. But I couldn’t give a clear picture of me – of who I am and how I got here – without talking about my depression diagnosis, which is such a huge part of my life.

I really hope this story helps you if you, or someone you know, is going through mental health difficulties. Chances are, you know someone who’s suffering, even if you don’t realise it – and being aware and supportive is one of the best things you can do.

Let me know if you have any questions – and you can check out more writing about depression here and here.

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  • Reply Orla Vaughan March 16, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Love this! You certainly are not selfish – its called Self-Care, the most important decision we can make is to take care of ourselves, both mentally and physically. I’ve been following you for a couple of months now on social media and am enjoying your journey. I too quit the day job recently and am starting my own venture ‘Nuts about Avocados’ as a health coach. Its quite an American theory – a health coach, I take an holistic look at peoples health from top to bottom, inside out; your lifestyle, your relationships, your activity levels, even spirituality as well as what you eat. Its fascinating. It has changed my life. I’ve lost 3 stone since last May, left the full time job that was killing me, left a 4 year relationship that wasn’t going anywhere, moved back to Dublin from the Middle East, reconnected with good old friends and ultimately ‘got happy’ again!
    You are a great influence for so many people, I have recommended to some of my clients to follow you! Keep it up!

  • Reply Catherine Tangney March 16, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Thank you for your honesty Rosemary. It is so important to raise more awareness of mental health, and you are doing just that, in a heartfelt and humanistic way. You are an inspiration! x

  • Reply Gabrielle March 17, 2016 at 11:12 am

    What an amazing story! I am so glad that you are feeling so much better now – Only recently I realized that something wasn’t right with me from mid – late teens onwards. I used to avoid social situations and cancel meets up with friends all the time and I would get ready for a night out and then this paranoia feeling would just wash over me and I would just change straight into my pjs and pretend I felt sick. I was constantly putting myself down and feeling really sad and like I wasn’t good enough for anyone or anything… but I never told anyone… not one person!
    So I just brushed it under the carpet and it is not until now – when reading stories and listening to videos like this that I realize what I went through (and sometimes still go through) was not normal. Thanks for sharing your story!!!

  • Reply Laura March 17, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    WOW!! Your an inspiration!! X

  • Reply Aoife April 5, 2016 at 4:59 am

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience Rosemary. It’s helped me a lot as I’m going through a tough time right now. You’re an inspiration.

    • Reply Rosemary April 5, 2016 at 5:29 pm

      Aoife, I’m so sorry to hear (read?) that, and I’m glad my video helped. I hope you start to feel better very soon x

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